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August 2, 2007

Kevin Garnett is Gone

Minnesota's hometown sports hero, Kevin Garnett, is officially gone. The Minnesota Timberwolves traded him to the the Boston Celtics for 5 starting players and 2 first round draft picks in the future. The trade comes months before the new season was to start. Initially Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor denied talks of trade and repeatedly said that Kevin Garnett was not on the block. But that was not the case as Kevin was seen holding the Celtic's jersey up in the air. at a press conference. I think the local coverage was much better than any other coverage. ESPN covered the story as if it quickly as regular news. Local news agencies such as the Stat Tribune whom took more of an in depth role. They made a time line of his success, calling it the end of an era and also broke down the trade transactions monetarily in order to see exactly what was done within the trade and who got what. Considering how important he was to Minnesota sports, and Minnesota, this is a very relevant story.

35W Bridge

On August 1st 2007, the 35W bridge collapsed during the peak of rush hour. It was about 6:01 pm when the bridge began to shake severely and ultimately, cave. 62 people were injured and 7 people died. Many stories arose from the incident, but perhaps the most severe was a school bus of 60 children were caught on the bridge while on their way back from a field trip. Some of the children were hurt, none of the children died. Many civilians helped each other out as they tried to make their way off of the bridge. Emergency personnel were called from all areas of the metro. 20 to 30 people are still considered missing or their families have not heard from them. I think the coverage of this story has been quite extensive. when I check out twincities.com They have step by step information of what happened including live footage of the bridge falling down. The coverage was up to date and informative. I compared it to the coverage of the Star Tribune Which was just as informative. If there was any criticism, I would say the numbers were alway changing. One minute the number of dead was 9, then it changed to 7, now 4, I think it is very important to keep the numbers correct for those people that need to know.